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Man killed in third fatal shooting at a SoCal Denny's restaurant

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire early Friday morning at a Denny's restaurant and one man was killed and another seriously wounded, police said. It was the third fatal shooting to occur at the restaurant chain in Southern California this week.

The latest shooting occurred about 2:45 a.m. at a Denny's restaurant near Angel Stadium after a fight broke out between two large groups of people in the restaurant, said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim Police Department.

One victim re-entered the restaurant after being shot and died inside, Martinez said. The other victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.

A gun was found near the scene, but officers weren't sure if it was the weapon used in the shooting. It appears that the shooting was not related to street gangs, Martinez said.

The gunman was being sought by authorities.

The shooting is the third to occur in a Southern California Denny's in the past three days, after unrelated incidents in Pismo Beach and Ontario.

In the Pismo Beach shooting Wednesday, a transient with two guns walked into the restaurant at lunchtime, shot two men dead, wounded a husband and wife, and committed suicide.

A 37-year-old Pomona man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant in Ontario on Thursday after getting into an altercation with a group of people. The gunman was still being sought.

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